Robert Cox, a Manteca, California, youth pastor who was charged with the murder of a man while on a church trip in Las Vegas last year, maintained his innocence during a recent jailhouse interview as his church family continues to push to get him out of jail.
"I was blindsided and totally shocked," said Cox in the telephone interview from the San Joaquin County Jail with ABC News10.
Cox, who works as worship and youth pastor at The Place of Refuge Church in Manteca, represents one half of the church's pastoral team, according to the church's website. His father-in-law, Mike Dillman, is the senior pastor. more >>
Members of Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram entered a local village Wednesday and killed 45 people who gathered around the suspected attackers after deceiving them into believing they were preachers.
The attack occurred in the north-eastern city of Maidugur where the gunmen, dressed in military-style uniforms lured the group by telling them they wanted to speak to them about "the righteous path."
"They came to our village… and lied to us that they had come to preach to us and when almost all the villagers had gathered, another set of insurgents emerged from nowhere and opened fire on the congregation before we all scampered for safety," survivor Kallamu Bukar said, according to Nigerian news outlet Vanguard. more >>
A student from Seattle Pacific University is being hailed a hero after he tackled the suspected gunman behind yesterday's shooting spree that injured three and killed one at the northwestern Christian college.
Jon Meis, a 22-year-old engineering major at Seattle Pacific University, reportedly tackled suspected shooter Aaron Ybarra, 26, as he entered the campus's Otto Miller Hall carrying a shotgun and a knife at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Meis, who served as a volunteer building monitor in Otto Hall, was sitting behind a desk in the building's lobby when the suspect entered. As Ybarra allegedly stopped to reload his gun, Meis sprayed the suspect with pepper spray and tackled Ybarra, pinning him to the floor. More students and faculty then rushed to Meis' aid and held the gunman until moments later, when police arrived. more >>
Seattle Pacific University faculty members and students prayed for the salvation of a shooter whose open fire in an academic building on Thursday left one student dead and two others wounded.
"We pray for the one who today perpetrated this mindless act of violence. Deal with his troubled soul, love him in spite of his hatred, and bring him not to justice but to repentance and spiritual wholeness," a staff member prayed as she led the student body in a call-and-response prayer at an on-campus service Friday afternoon.
During the service, school officials did not reveal the name of the 19-year-old student killed, though they identified the wounded: Sarah Williams, 19, and Thomas Fowler, 24. more >>
A Seattle Pacific University professor told grieving students Thursday night that the shootings on campus, which left one student dead and two others injured, was not what God wanted for their school community.
"There's no explaining it," Frank Spina, a professor of biblical studies, told students at a impromptu prayer service on Thursday night. "'This is not God's plan. This is not God's will. This is not God's way of teaching us a lesson. Any lesson we could have learned out of this could have been learned otherwise."
Instead, Spina said, "It's a day to scream. It's a day to lament." more >>
An 18-year-old Pakistani woman survived being shot twice and thrown in a canal by her family in an attempted honor killing for marrying the man that she loved.
"It is an honor-related incident," local police chief Ali Akbar told Reuters.
"The victim, Saba [Maqsood] ... married her neighbor Muhammad Qaiser for love five days ago against the wishes of her family. They took her to Hafizabad, shot her twice and threw her in the canal after putting her in a sack, presuming that she was dead." more >>